The Rugby World Cup has arrived, and for most Kiwis this means being glued to a match at any spare moment and hanging onto the edge of your seat anytime our boys in black enter the field. We all know there’s nothing quite like watching the world’s greatest teams battle it out in the sports biggest event. So, if you don’t want to miss a minute of the action and want to be front and centre as the haka echoes through bars and pubs across the country then scroll down for the best spots to watch the rugby in Newmarket and the best spots to pick up some AB’s gear on the way.
The Lumsden Freehouse on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Broadway is frequented by food and sport lovers alike. We suggest parking up in this sunny spot for a burger and a beer and of course to enjoy the excitement of the World Cup. They will be streaming every game, so you don’t have to miss a moment!
For a quintessential Irish pub, The Doolan Brother’s is the place to be. They will also be screening all of the games during The Rugby World Cup so head down and soak up the atmosphere and hope your team wins. Also located in the heart of Newmarket, one of the precinct’s most established spots, The Claddagh have it all when it comes to catching the most anticipated sporting event of the year. We suggest trying their Fried Chicken Wings with Siracha Mayo for a little half-time sustenance.
To really get into the fan spirit, there are a range of stores in Newmarket to pick up your All Blacks merchandise and support gear. Adidas have the full range of official fan gear from jerseys to tees, shorts and everything in between. The Warehouse and Looksharp offer a range of cheap and cheerful All Blacks gear – including baby onesies for even the tiniest of supporters.